Monday, March 23, 2015

A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal! #mlp #AtoZChallenge

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Hello my fellow AtoZers! This year I've decided to step away from writing and show off my art skills. My theme is .... 

DrUm RrRrRrRrrooooollllll!

My Little Pony fan art!! Mua--hahaahaha....Ahahahaahahahaaaa!!!!

Okay, enough of the mad scientist laughter...

I am illustrating a pony per letter of the alphabet and most of these adoraponies will be inked in by my daughters! I will have 2 fun things going on with my posts all of the month of April: A guessing game because games are always fun! And I will give the top 5 commenters a FREE printable coloring book of ALL 27 ponies (yes, I am including the special finale AtoZ pony for the reflections post!) at the very end.

Sneak Preview of my Z pony! I haven't finished her cutie mark here, but you'll have to guess what it is when I am done! :P

So, if you're a Brony or a Pegasister or just curious, this is for YOU!

What's your theme?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A Tale of Love and the Merpeople

Tired of vampires and werewolves and broken down governments? Looking for a fresh tale? Here is one magical story of love, the ocean, and merfolk! (yes, I sound like a commercial, but sometimes I can't help myself!)

Pouraka is a magical sea cavern tucked under the rocky cliffs near Barnacle Bay. Cora, a Pouraka mer, is torn between her friends in the seaside town, and her true love Tas, a foreign mer whose people fled when men invaded their waters. Thinking Pouraka a safe haven, the merpeople soon discover that even the shores of the bay are targets for industrial expansion.

Life becomes more difficult once an arrogant oil rigger's son, Tom, finds Barnacle Bay and the rich aquatic life it harbors. When Tas attempts to rescue a pod of dolphins from Tom's gill net, he is captured and taken away as a prize to be sold to a theme park. When Cora hears of his capture she changes into human form and travels south to find him, risking her life to free him. Time away from Pouraka leaves the cavern vulnerable, and a new threat arises when tourists discover its magic. 


“There, there, fella!” A man leaned over Tas. “No need to get upset. We’ll find you a home soon.” The stranger shook his head as he inspected Tas, running his calloused fingers over Tas’ dehydrated caudal fin. “I swear I have never seen the likes of you before. Look at the size of those scales!”

“Who are you?”

The man laughed. “Who am I? It’s you who should be telling me who or what you are?”

Tas grimaced.

“The name is Arnold. And it surprises me that you can talk. They said you were half fish but fish don’t talk.”

Tas said nothing. The lack of water drained his energy. He rested his head on the floor of the raft again and closed his eyes.

“I bet you’re wondering what you’re doing on this raft in the middle of the night.”

Tas could only breathe an answer, as his mouth was too parched to speak. “I’m dying.”

Arnold didn’t seem to hear. Instead he rambled on. “Then I’ll let you in on a little secret. You and I are going to Ocean Bend.”

Tas peered at Arnold through half opened eyes.

The moonlight cast a pale aura over the man’s balding head. Unshaven whiskers dotted his portly cheeks and his nose was scaly from sunburn. A satisfied smile stretched across Arnold’s pudgy face. He sat in the center of the dinghy and rowed with both oars, his body rocking slowly and he chuckled as he pulled and swayed. “Why in a rubber raft, you ask? Well once Tom motored to the fishing rig and saw you, he didn’t want to split the profits with the rest of his dad’s crew, that’s why. He figured he’s on to something here. Tom took me aside and said to get you to a holding tank and call my cousin pronto. The sooner we ship you to the mainland, the sooner we’ll be rich.”

Sasha, the prequel of Barnacle Bay (for Pouraka!)

Dianne never ceases to amaze me. Not only is she one fantastic artist (Pouraka cover), she is also one amazing friend. Welcome her fresh tale of merlove! Click here for more Dianne.

Pouraka on Amazon

Sasha, the prologue on Amazon

Also available for free by subscribing to Dianne Lynn Gardner's website!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

#IWSG Review or not to Review ...

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Not too long ago, a friend asked me to review a book. As I set out upon a journey of romance, it became obvious that the further I read, the less I felt inclined to since I stumbled across character developmental problems as well structural plot holes.

I actually garnered courage (the book is soon to be released!) and contacted the author, sharing with her my unease of reviewing a book I felt was unready and mentioned my reasons in a tactful and friendly way. I felt obligated to since I knew she would appreciate having a book at its best.

I have heard of many authors who have written off reviewing books for this reason and will only beta read and critique. I'm thinking I should do that, too!

How do you handle books that aren't ready for publication when someone asks you to post a review on it?

Have you signed up for the A to Z April 2015 Blogging Challenge? I have! I started writing and scheduling the posts, but I have several more to write. I want to dedicate my time in visiting and commenting!

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

#IWSG Does it bug you when ...

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Movies get away with impossible things, but authors cannot?

Saturday, I had a conversation with a good friend of mine over dinner and we talked about that very thing. She said that maybe it is because viewers are caught up in the moment and expect to be entertained.

Here are my thoughts:
Uh, no, a puddle of petroleum gas will not burst into fire and explode if you shoot it with a gun. Uh, no, that villain would not get back up after having been shot in the gut. Uh, no, a man cannot possibly squeeze through a drainpipe no matter how alien the antagonist is.

Do you see where we're going here? As authors, we get lynched for writing in the word "Okay" during the 1800s (perish the thought!)! Or if we aren't scientifically correct in making sense of technicalities in a sci-fi book. Or a famous rock star doesn't get recognized while strolling down the street. (
those happen all the time in movies, why not books?)

A friend of mine complained from a review how her book didn't sound realistic. Uh, well, how does a flying vampire sound realistic? LOL

There are many times when something in real life has happened and we insert it into a book. Sometimes, readers will say that can't happen--but it has, and it did! Have you ever reenacted a scene from your book just to see how it would work out? Maybe something didn't happen during that era or couldn't possibly have happened.

That's when I build the plot (or plant an idea) to where it doesn't come as a shock to the readers. Or at least try to. If all else fails, why not put an author's note and pull the last "creative license" declaration card?

What do you think? Do you feel the same way? What are your writerly pet peeves?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Ill-fated love? Time might say otherwise ...

The Lady and the Minstrel by Joyce DiPastena

Robert Marcel is no Earl. He is no Duke nor king’s son, but a simple minstrel. Though with the spirit of a roaring lion, he wonders about the lands with his most prized possession: the lute. As fate would have it, he happens across a particular place whereupon he rendezvous with a cherished childhood memory; the lady whom he could never forget.

Lady Marguerite of Winbourne is destined to marry the undesirable Earl of Saxton, but not once could she remove from her mind the thoughts of a particular young man who had fled for his life so long ago. She had saved him that one day, and as time would generously have it, threw them together once more. Ever since recognizing him down in the village outside the castle walls, her heart has only known love’s thrills once more.

The title alone lured me. It promises the adventure, the thrill, and the curse of ill-fated love. There has to be a way for them to end up together. Right? As I dug into the folds of the sumptuous court entertained with jesters, acrobats, and minstrels, I was easily flighted into the pages of history and intrigue. Joyce DiPastena has woven a rich world with a rich plot, with amazing prose and characterization. She has done an excellent job with each person starring within the stage of her book. She has done a swoon-worthy job!

Joyce DiPastena dreamed of green medieval forests while growing up in the dusty copper mining town of Kearny, Arizona. She filled her medieval hunger by reading the books of Thomas B. Costain (where she fell in love with King Henry II of England), and later by attending the University of Arizona where she graduated with a degree in history, specializing in the Middle Ages. The university was also where she completed her first full-length novel...set, of course, in medieval England. Later, her fascination with Henry II led her to expand her research horizons to the far reaches of his "Angevin Empire" in France, which became the setting of her first published novel, Loyalty's Web (a 2007 Whitney Award Finalist).

Joyce is a multi-published, multi-award winning author who specializes in sweet medieval romances heavily spiced with mystery and adventure. She lives with her two cats, Clio and Glinka Rimsky-Korsokov, in Mesa, Arizona.

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The Lady and the Minstrel releases January 29!

NOTE: The author provided a free copy of this book which has had no sway in my review